Her spacious St. Matthews store and her unmatched eye for quality and style have made her a household name. Anabel Valdez, the women behind Anabel’s Oriental Rugs, can transform a room from the ground up.
Her face, name and adorable ochereses, B.B and Max, are as recognizable as her incredible selection of hand-crafted, high-quality imported rugs. She’s so well-known for her selection and quality that “It must be from Anabel’s” is the first thought when a friend’s recently renovated room includes a gorgeous floor covering.
During the time of year when so many of us are ready to clear out the clutter and tweak our tired décor, we asked the namesake of one of our most trusted local brands to share a few pointers and work her magic with two in-store transformations.
WHAT CURRENT TRENDS ARE INTERESTING TO YOU?
The latest trend seems to be color! Vintage style, bold colors and geometric patterns are very popular right now. Neutral rugs are still very strong.
WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A RUG THEY CAN KEEP FOR A LONG TIME?
The most versatile rugs are those with an overall pattern. Many times a rug with a defined center will limit where the rug is used.
WHY ARE RUGS SUCH A GOOD STARTING POINT FOR A ROOM MAKEOVER?
The rug is the biggest piece of art in any room. If you had a dark rug, changing to a light rug will instantly change the space. Accessorizing with new pillows are a nice touch as well. One thing I have learned over the years is that a light-colored border tends to open up a space. So, if you find yourself changing a small room consider the light border. The illusion it creates is a bigger space. It will actually make the room “feel” bigger. And always try and keep the rug to scale. Having the right size rug makes a huge difference.
TELL US ABOUT THE TWO QUICK CHANGES YOU CREATED FOR US.
The light-colored rug I selected is a Turkish Sultanabad. It’s a very traditional pattern with more current color palette. The blue-grey rug is Tibetan and a more transitional piece. However, I showed it with the same traditional furniture. The feel was definitely more modern, even though the furniture was traditional.